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February 1, 2005 | By Emilie Lounsberry and John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A federal jury signaled a deadlock yesterday on a remaining count in the trial of a Philadelphia investment banker accused of lying to the FBI, but then resumed deliberations and will return this morning for another effort to reach a verdict. "It appears that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict on Count One," the jury foreman wrote in a note before 3 p.m. to U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson. "Certain positions will not change based on the evidence presented. " Baylson asked the jury to try again "for some period of time" to reach a verdict in the case against Denis J. Carlson, who is accused of lying to FBI agents when they questioned him in the wide-ranging investigation into corruption in Philadelphia government.
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November 14, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The jury in the insurance-fraud trial of boxing promoter Don King began deliberations yesterday in New York after lawyers finished closing arguments. U.S. District Judge Lawrence McKenna instructed the jury on the law, then the jurors deliberated about an hour before going home. Earlier, the judge took the unusual step of letting the defense provide a 15-minute response to the government's rebuttal. The prosecutor was then allowed another five minutes. The additional arguments were permitted by McKenna because jurors were returning from a three-day holiday weekend, and the judge feared they were too far removed from last week's arguments to allow only a prosecutor to speak.
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March 15, 2009 | By Emilie Lounsberry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Defense lawyers for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo moved late today for an immediate halt in jury deliberations and the removal of one juror, contending that the juror posted oblique remarks on Facebook.com and Twitter.com - including one declaring, "Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday everyone!" The petition, filed on the eve of the scheduled sixth day of deliberations in Fumo's federal corruption trial, stated that there was "substantial evidence" that the juror, who was not identified, had violated admonitions not to disclose the status of deliberations.
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June 21, 1986 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
A Montgomery County jury recessed last night after 10 1/2 hours of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the trial of two West Philadelphia men charged in the New Year's Day slaying of Dr. Michael Groll, the Abington fertility specialist. Deliberations were scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. today. The 12 jurors ended the second day of deliberations at 11 last night, and Judge Joseph H. Stanziani said they could resume their work Monday. But jury foreman Gerald Dotterer told the judge that while his fellow jurors were "mentally exhausted" they wanted to return to deliberations today in an effort to reach a verdict.
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February 21, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The federal jury considering the fraud and tax charges against T. Milton Street Sr. today begins its second full day of deliberations. The 12 jurors have spent a total of eight hours in deliberations since late Tuesday afternoon, when they began weighing the evidence against Street and codefendant John H. Velardi Sr. The 2006 indictment alleges that Street, 68, of Moorestown, a well-known food vendor and former Pennsylvania state legislator, failed...
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December 3, 1992 | By Gary Cohn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A U.S. District Court jury is scheduled to begin deliberations this morning in the racketeering and extortion trial of lawyer Robert F. Simone. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge James T. Giles instructed the jury on the law governing the charges contained in the federal indictment. Simone, who has represented mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo for more than a decade, is charged with two counts of violating the broad racketeering statute, two counts of extortion and two counts of collection of credit through extortion.
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August 17, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Prosecutors told jurors Monday that damning testimony against Attorney General Kathleen Kane by her coconspirators was backed up by phone records, emails, texts and a FBI wiretap, while a lawyer for Kane attacked her accusers as liars "who will say whatever they need to protect themselves. " The jury of six men and six women began deliberating Kane's fate Monday afternoon on two felony charges of perjury and 10 misdemeanors that essentially charge her with abusing the powers of her office to plant a newspaper story to embarrass a critic.
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July 1, 2016 | By Daniel Block, STAFF WRITER
A Chester County Court jury began deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Edward O'Brien, accused of withholding necessary medical care from his 92-year-old father who died in 2013. At 9 p.m. the jurors in the third-degree murder case recessed and were to resume deliberations on Thursday morning. In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors argued that the care that O'Brien's father- also named Edward O'Brien- received from his son was so negligent that it constituted murder.
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July 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Breaking News: Verdict coming soon in strip club manager's fatal punch case Previous story is below: Prosecution and defense lawyers agreed that a single punch by Oasis Gentlemen's Club manager John Pettit resulted in the 2009 death of patron James Koons. What a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury must now decide is whether that punch was murder or an unlucky act of self-defense. The jury of six women and six men began reviewing evidence late Wednesday after lawyers' closing arguments and legal instructions from Judge Steven R. Geroff.
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June 21, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITER
The dismissal last week of a juror in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial came after the panel told a federal judge it had hit a snag just hours into its deliberations, according to an audio recording obtained by the Inquirer. The exact contents of the jury's note Thursday to U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III remain undisclosed. But in a sidebar conversation with the judge that afternoon, lawyers in the case referred to trouble in the jury room, and discussed whether the panel should be read the instructions typically given to jurors who report that they are deadlocked.
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June 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Jurors in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial were instructed to start over in their deliberations on Friday after one member of the panel was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III offered no explanation for the dismissal after calling the jury back into the courtroom around 10 a.m. An alternate had replaced the missing member. Lawyers for the congressman and his codefendants declined to comment, saying that Bartle had instructed them not to discuss the matter.
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June 17, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The jury that will decide U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's fate began its deliberations Wednesday after a monthlong trial in which prosecutors accused him and four others of stealing taxpayer and charitable funds to cover his personal and political debts. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III released the panel of four men and eight women to begin discussions just before 3:30, after instructing the group for nearly four hours on the legal principles that should guide its decision. Jurors deliberated for about an hour and a half before breaking for the day. They are expected to return Thursday.
NEWS
June 16, 2016
Jurors in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption ended their first full day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III dismissed the panel of four men and eight women around 4 p.m., about an hour earlier than he usually ends the court day. Jurors are set to return Friday to continue their discussions. Fattah, 59, stands accused of accepting bribes and stealing charitable donations, campaign contributions, and federal grant funds under his control to pay off his personal and political debts.
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May 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The fate of Rudolph Churchill, the South Jersey man who prosecutors say was linked by DNA - 25 years after the fact - to the 1989 rape and murder of two North Philadelphia women is now up to a jury of 12 Philadelphians. After 71/2 days of often-complex testimony about the science of DNA testing, closing arguments from the lawyers, and legal instructions by Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi, jurors spent about 90 minutes Friday reviewing the evidence before breaking for the weekend.
NEWS
April 12, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
Here in Philadelphia, our dearly departed rise from the dead to cast ballots in every election - that is, if they can get past the Black Panthers at the polling places. That's our rep with some right-wing conspiracy theorists outside of Philly. And, let's face it: Many of us joke about our city's history of corruption. (See the first paragraph of this column.) Why wouldn't an outsider think it's true? The truth, however, is usually more complicated. Consider the suit filed last week against the City Commissioners by the Alexandria, Va.-based American Civil Rights Union.
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April 10, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will resume deliberations Monday in the trial of two former city police officers accused of beating and falsely prosecuting a Fairhill man who they say fled on his motor scooter after a traffic stop and then resisted arrest. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women worked about two hours Friday before breaking for the weekend in the trial of Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson in the 2013 arrest and prosecution of Najee Rivera. But the jury's departure did not come before a courtroom controversy over an "ASP" (a collapsible baton carried by officers)
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